Pigeons of Old San Juan

3 Apr

Pigeons of Old San Juan

Pigeons of Old San Juan are a must see when you come and visit us. They are a delight for the young as well as the old. They are interested only in eating, but you can buy food in a small kiosk right at the park.

Thank you to Transplanted Tatar for a unique view into our small pigeon paradise in Old San Juan. You may visit this and more information on his travels via the link below.

Original source: https://transplantedtatar.com/2013/01/06/pigeons-of-old-san-juan/

Pigeon, that at once annoying and endearing vermin, is a common sight wherever you go. In San Juan’s Old Town, though, their presence is particularly hard to tune out: Pigeons are everywhere. There is even an entire park devoted to them, Parque de las Palomas, where they nest in the City Wall, lounge in trees overlooking the stunning views of the San Juan Bay, and get daily feedings from gleeful children. It’s a Pigeon Riviera:

Parque de las Palomas, old San Juan, Puerto RicoFeeding pigeons at Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto RicoBoys feeding pigeons at Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Running through pigeons at Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto RicoWe marveled at rows of man-made holes in the old wall, perfect for nesting sites. Were these holes made especially for the birds? None I talked to knew. Fern clung to some of the bricks, providing additional shade and color.

Pigeon nests in the wall guarding old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pigeon in his stone nest, Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pigeon in his stone nest

Old trees with gnarled roots flank the small park. Their branches are covered with pigeons, en masse, a more unnerving sight than I had anticipated. A wave of expectation seemed to wash over me from the birds’ beady eyes. Happily, for just $1, you can buy a proper tribute from street sellers nearby–if you dare, that is. Flocks and flocks of these birds will not be shy in claiming it.

Birds in trees, Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

White dove and pigeon in Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto RicoAs we wandered elsewhere in the city, the birds’ presence remained firm. They accompanied us to the tombs of the immaculate Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, Puerto Rico

They peered at us from colorful store fronts.

Old San Juan store, Puerto Rico

They even stared at us from within the walls.

Pigeon graffiti - San Juan, Puerto RicoAnd they perched over us as we enjoyed San Juan’s sunsets over the Bay.

Pigeons at night, Old San Juan, Puerto RicoCat, hunting a pigeon near Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto RicoBut soon we noticed that not all was luxury and leisure in their lives. There was another presence on Old Town streets, just as watchful of these birds as they were of us: cats. We observed several hunts, all unsuccessful. The more we walked, the more aware we became of this ongoing tug of war between bird and its predator. But I shall stop here: Cats of San Juan deserve a post of their own.

Cat, unsuccessful hunter, at Parque de las Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thanks to this creative writer, “transplanted tatar”, for such great images and insight on the pigeons that live in Old San Juan. His perspective is unique and both photgraphers really have an eye to capture reality, Thanks again!

Original source and pictures from: https://transplantedtatar.com/2013/01/06/pigeons-of-old-san-juan/